Indica Strain Explained

Dec 1, 2021

Indica strains are one of the two most popular types of cannabis. The other, sativa, has a different psychoactive effect. If you’re new to using cannabis or if you’re trying out a strain for the first time, this guide will help explain how these two types affect your body and mind. 

The term ‘indica’ originally came from Latin America where it was used to describe plants with broad leaves similar to those found on Cannabis Sativa in India. Today, however, there are many more differences between indicas and sativas than just their appearance! 

The first cannabis plants were discovered in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The native people who lived there would refer to these strains as Indian hemp, but this has been shortened over time to indica. 

Indica strains are associated with a heavier body high that can produce feelings of relaxation or sedation depending on the situation. They are often used medicinally by those looking for relief from chronic pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety disorder, muscle spasms and other ailments. Indicas tend to have more CBD content than THC which means they will usually cause less psychoactive effects when consumed.


Popular Indica Strain Examples:

Northern Lights

Northern lights is an indica strain that was created by crossing Afghani strains with a Thai sativa. It has been known to have dense nugs and thick leaves, which are common among indicas. The buds are usually dark green in color with orange hairs, giving off a sweet smell of pine and berry. Northern Lights is known for its strong body high accompanied by an uplifting head buzz that allows you to stay productive throughout the day. This makes it perfect for those who suffer from chronic pain or anxiety since it can help them relax while still remaining clear headed enough to get tasks done!


Hindu Kush

The Hindu Kush Indica is an indica-dominant cannabis strain that originates from the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was originally bred by crossing a pure Afghani indica with a pure Pakistani indica, and has been known to give its users strong body highs. 

The Hindus Kush plant usually grows between 3 and 8 feet tall, but can grow up to 12 feet if planted in fertile soil. The flowers on this plant are light green or yellowish-green when they start to form, turning into dark green or brown as they mature. This particular strain of marijuana is best for evening use because it tends to make people feel sleepy after smoking it, some even find themselves feeling like they’re “floating”.


Granddaddy Purple

The Granddaddy Purple Indica is a moderately potent indica that has been around since the 1970s. This strain is perfect for nighttime use, as it will leave you feeling relaxed and sleepy. The high from this strain can last up to 2 hours, so be sure to have your favorite movie or book on hand because you won’t want to move much during this time!


We want you to be able to get the best cannabis experience for your needs. If you’re looking for a more relaxing, euphoric marijuana high that will help with stress and pain relief, indica strains are what we recommend! Check out our online menu of popular options or stop by one of our locations in the Denver area! Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions before you buy!


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